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Minister calls for urgent fight against cyber-attacks

By: Lucy Mensah
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Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Communication Minister
Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Communication Minister

The Minister for Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has called on the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) and the telecommunication providers to work together to fight the upsurge of cyber insecurity in the country.

According to her, cyber-attacks and frauds posed threats to individuals across the country which the authorities and stakeholders to have to consider.

She said this at the introduction of the new Managing Director of NITA, Mr David K. Gyewu on February 20, 2018.

Mrs Owusu Ekuful added that modern information technology and infrastructures would help facilitate the fight against cases of cyber-attacks and frauds.

‘’The government, in agreement with Mauritius, will be establishing an ultramodern Technology Parks in Tema and Dawa all in the Greater Accra Region. However, it will take the efforts of the various agencies in the telecommunications sector to use this infrastructure to fight cyber-attacks”, she said.

Government’s support
She also indicated that apart from the government’s effort in fighting cyber insecurity, the ministry would  provide hands-on training for the staff of NITA and other individuals from the telecommunications sector.

She also assured that the ministry was prepared to provide the necessary logistics and equipment the agency will need to facilitate their operations.

“With this work, we need to prepare ourselves adequately to work hard and be able to find solutions to any challenges that may come up in the course of carrying out our duty. Surely, challenges will come but together as a team we can solve it, she noted

Readiness of NITA
 Mr Gyewu said NITA was ready to take the huge challenge to fight cyber attacks.

He ,therefore, called on the general public to be always vigilant on any occurrence of cyber attacks so as not  to fall prey to fraudsters.

“In this regard, the country needs to learn from other countries that are doing well in terms of Information Communication Technology (ICT) which the country lacks”, he added.

“As a country, we have to study countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea and watch the things they do in terms of information technology that will be beneficial to us,’’ he said.

He said there was a kind of technological culture and standards that every country had to imbibe for a better IT transformation.